Join our Friends Grassroots Network members the Fobbits
in caring for this wonderful landscape in Central Oregon.
A venture into the Oregon Badlands Wilderness is an experience of ancient junipers, volcanic vistas, and sand underfoot. You can explore cracked volcanic pressure ridges, called tumuli, or walk narrow moat-like cracks in the ground. Traces of human history are visible to the careful observer. At 29,000 acres, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness represents an outstanding example of ancient western juniper woodlands atop Columbia River Basalts. Almost 50 miles of trails offer the visitor many opportunities for hiking or horseback riding loops of various lengths. As a designated wilderness, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness enjoys the highest level of permanent protection.
A gorgeous day at the stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Photo by Bob Wick.
What is the difference between a National Monument (NM) and a National Conservation Area (NCA)? Read the full story about the BLM’s National Conservation Lands by blogger Iris Picat.
Or… ditch the acronyms and just refer to them as the National Conservation Lands. After all, the bulk of the BLM Public Lands Day posts today have been of the National Conservation Lands…
In the ultimate mash-up, the NLCS meets the NPLD.
In plain English…you get cool opportunities (National Public Lands Day - NPLD) to help improve some of the most special areas (National Landscape Conservation System - NLCS) in the country.
Truck on over to Baker City where the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will be doing some needed trail maintenance, invasive plant and weed control/removal. Contact Kelly Burns (541) 523-1843, or check out other great opportunities online: http://www.blm.gov/or/news/files/npldflyer12.pdf
And don’t forget to join our meetup at http://blm.gov/sqkd
Why volunteer on #nationalpubliclandsday? For them. #npld #fortord #monumentsmatter (Taken with Instagram)
The John Day Wild and Scenic River. Preserving and enjoying land like this is what National Public Lands Day is all about. #npld (Taken with Instagram)
For 82 #npld #volunteers & approx. 500 hours of service …burgers and dogs at Pompey’s Pillar (Taken with Instagram)
The rugged grandeur of the American landscape has helped shape our character and our soul as a Nation. As we celebrate this National Public Lands Day, let us reflect on the lands and waters that so deeply enrich our experience, and let us renew our commitment to protecting them in the years to come.